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The McGill Library Rare Books and Special Collections began collecting rare materials in the 1850s, and through gift and purchase the holdings now constitute rich and highly diverse research collections. The humanities and social sciences and in particular art and architecture, Canadiana, history, literature, the history of ideas (philosophy and religion), travel and exploration, and the history of the book form the core of the collection. More information can be found on the library’s website h...



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by Qazwīnī, Zakarīyā ibn Muḥammad, approximately 1203-1283, author
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606 pages : illustrations ; 29 x 19 cm.
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Topics: Manuscripts, Persian -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal., Illumination of books and manuscripts,...
McGill University Library
by Standard Brands Limited; University of Waterloo. Library. Women's Studies Collection. CaOWtU
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favorite 78

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48 pages ; 21 cm
Topics: Baking -- Canada., Desserts., Cooking, Canadian., Baking powder., McGill University Library...
2 volumes (xcvi, 578 pages) : xlii plates (some folded ; including frontispieces, maps, facsimiles), 2 folded maps (in pockets) ; 23 cm.
Topics: East Asia -- Description and travel., Pilot guides -- East Asia., McGill University Library...
McGill University Library
by Bartholomew, J. G. (John George), 1860-1920
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xii, 192, 90 pages including 158 maps (some color) illustrations, diagrams 37 cm
Topics: Atlases., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Humanities and Social Sciences - Atlas...
144 pages, 4 unnumbered leaves of plates (double sided) : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm
Topics: Baking., Bread., Pastry., Cooking, Canadian., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Baking,...
McGill University Library
by Glover, Robert, 1544-1588
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xix, 734 pages illustrations, facsimile, genealogical tables 26 cm
Topics: Visitations, Heraldic -- England -- Yorkshire., Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy., Heraldry --...
McGill University Library
texts

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xiii, 126 p., 1 l. 28 pl. (incl. front., ports.) 20 cm.
Topics: Women automobile drivers., Women automobile drivers -- History., McGill University Library...
McGill University Library
by Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, 1194-1250, author
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cx, 637 pages : illustrations (some color), plates ; 29 cm
Topics: Falconry -- Early works to 1800., Falconry -- Bibliography., McGill University Library Digitized...
xxi, [2], 305 pages frontispiece (map) illustrations 20 cm
Topics: English language -- Slang -- Dictionaries., English language -- Dialects -- England -- London.,...
McGill University Library
by Qazwīnī, Zakarīyā ibn Muḥammad, approximately 1203-1283, author
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8, 584 pages : illustrations ; 32 x 22 cm.
Topics: Cosmography -- Early works to 1800., Geography, Arab -- Early works to 1800., Zoology --...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
texts

eye 3,974

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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by McGill University. Graduates' Society.
texts

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volumes : illustrations ; 28 cm
Topics: McGill University., McGill University Library Digitized Title, The McGill news., The McGill News...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
texts

eye 2,448

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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by Crane, Walter, 1845-1915; Evans, Edmund, 1826-1905; Martin, Sarah Catherine, 1768-1826. Old Mother Hubbard; Crane, Walter, 1845-1915. Absurd ABC
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favorite 88

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4 volumes in 1 (8; 8; 8; [8]) leaves : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Topics: Nursery rhymes., Illustrated children's books., Fairy tales., Cats -- Juvenile poetry., Dogs --...
40 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Topics: Baking -- Canada., Cooking, Canadian., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook...
McGill University Library
by J.R. Watkins Company
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favorite 19

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64 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 16 cm
Topics: Cooking., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection, Cooking
McGill University Library
texts

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xvi, 768 pages, [34] leaves of plates (some folded) : illustrations (some color), 4 color portraits, 4 maps ; 28 cm
Topics: Franklin, John, -- 1786-1847 -- Travel -- Arctic regions., Arctic regions -- Discovery and...
McGill University Library
texts

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261 leaves : illustrations ; 35 cm
Topics: Type and type-founding., Printing -- Specimens., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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eye 3,651

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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by Martin, Rita
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164 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 23 cm
Topics: McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection
McGill University Library
by Nieuhof, Johannes, 1618-1672; Goyer, Pieter de; Keizer, Jacob de; Ogilby, John, 1600-1676, translator; Schall von Bell, Johann Adam, 1592?-1666; Kircher, Athanasius, 1602-1680. China monumentis ... illustrata; Nederlandsche Oost-Indische Compagnie
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327 (i.e. 307), 18, 106 pages illustrations 40 cm
Topics: China -- Description and travel., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Travel
McGill University Library
by Hoffmann, Professor, 1839-1919
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xi, 457 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Topics: Magic tricks., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Magic tricks
McGill University Library
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21 pages : illustrations ; 15 cm
Topics: Cooking (Chocolate), Desserts., Cuisine (Chocolat), McGill University Library Digitized Title,...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
31 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm
Topics: Baking., Cooking, Canadian., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection,...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by Clouzot, Henri, 1865-1941
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2 preliminary leaves, x, 272 pages, 2 leaves illustrations (including facsimiles) color mounted plates, color mounted portrait 32 x 26 cm
Topics: Wallpaper -- France -- History., Wallpaper, McGill University Library Digitized Title,...
McGill University Library
by Fonderies Deberny & Peignot
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volumes : illustrations ; 31 cm
Topics: Printing -- Specimens., Printers' ornaments -- Specimens., McGill University Library Digitized...
McGill University Library
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64 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Topics: Cooking, French-Canadian., Cooking -- Québec (Province) -- Gaspé Peninsula., Cooking,...
McGill University Library
by Penzer, N. M. (Norman Mosley), 1892-1960
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319 pages ; 26 cm
Topics: Folklore -- Asia., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Large Scale Digitization Initiative,...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by Allemagne, Henry René d', 1863-1950
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2 volumes : illustrations (some color), facsimiles, portraits, plans ; 33 cm
Topics: Cards -- History., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Saul Shapiro Collection of...
60, 4 p. : ill. ; 13 cm.
Topics: Clothing and dress -- Patterns., Needlework -- Handbooks, manuals, etc., Sewing -- Handbooks,...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by Fonderies Deberny & Peignot
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volumes : illustrations ; 31 cm
Topics: Printing -- Specimens., Printers' ornaments -- Specimens., McGill University Library Digitized...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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favorite 2

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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
[20], 467, [1] pages : illustrations ; 30 cm (fol.)
Topics: Murder -- Early works to 1800., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Murder
McGill University Library
by Borden Company
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32 pages : color illustrations ; 17 cm
Topics: Cooking (Evaporated milk), McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection
xxiv, 261, [1] pages, [1], 10 leaves of plates : illustrations ; 19 cm (12ð)
Topics: Confectionery -- England -- 19th century., Formulas, recipes, etc., McGill University Library...
McGill University Library
by Adler, Elkan Nathan, 1861-1946, editor
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xxiv, 391 pages viii plates (including frontispiece) 23 cm.
Topics: Voyages and travels., Travel, Medieval., Palestine -- Description and travel., Travel -- history.,...
McGill University Library
by Borden Company
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31 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Topics: Cooking, American., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection, Cooking,...
McGill University Library
by McGill University. Graduates' Society.
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volumes : illustrations ; 28 cm
Topics: McGill University., McGill University Library Digitized Title, The McGill news., The McGill News...
McGill University Library
by McGill University
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18 v. : ill., plans ; 23 cm.
Topics: McGill University Library Digitized Title, Calendar for the session ..., Rare Books and Special...
McGill University Library
by Ṭhākura, Debendranātha, 1817-1905
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xiii, 244 pages m ; 22 cm.
Topics: Brahma-samaj., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Birks Reading Room - Main Collection,...
McGill University Library
by Shircliffe, Arnold, 1880-1952
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xxi, 306 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Topics: Salads., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Salads
McGill University Library
by Savage, William, 1770-1843; Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957, former owner. DLC; Frederic W. Goudy Collection (Library of Congress) DLC; Pforzheimer Bruce Rogers Collection (Library of Congress) DLC; Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
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vi, 118 p., [49] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Topics: Engraving -- Printing -- Specimens., Color printing -- Specimens., Printing -- Specimens., McGill...
McGill University Library
by Robin Hood Flour Mills
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29 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Topics: Cookies., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection, Cookies
324 pages ; 14 cm
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Topics: Scotland -- Registers., Aberdeen (Scotland) -- History., McGill University Library Digitized Title,...
McGill University Library
by Francatelli, Charles Elmé, 1805-1876
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xv, 560 pages : illustrations
Topics: Cooking., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cooking, Cookbook Collection
McGill University Library
by The Edinburgh almanack, or, Universal Scots and Imperial register, for 1820 : being leap year ; containing a correct calendar, on an improved scheme.
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Almanacs, English -- Scotland.
Topics: McGill University Library Digitized Title, Sovereigns and States of Europe -- Peerage of Great...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
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Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by Jamālī Yazdī, Abū Bakr Muṭahhar, active 1185, author
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6, 146 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 38 x 26 cm
Topics: One hundred great books of Islamic civilization. -- Natural sciences., Astrology -- Early works to...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by Grosse Berliner Kunst-Ausstellung (1900); Bismeyer, Fritz, former owner; Königliche Akademie der Künste (Berlin, Germany); Verein Berliner Künstler; Düsseldorfer Künstlerschaft
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xii, 140 pages : illustrations, plans ; 17 cm
Topics: Grosse Berliner Kunst-Ausstellung -- (1900) -- Catalogs., Art -- Germany -- Berlin -- Exhibitions.,...
McGill University Library
by Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles
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91 pages ; 20 cm
Topics: Cooking., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection, Cooking
240 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Topics: Fancy work., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Fancy work
[28], 464 [i.e. 463] leaves, [1] folded leaf of plates : ill. ; 31 cm. (fol.)
Topics: Geometry -- Early works to 1800., Mathematics, Greek., Classification of sciences -- Early works to...
McGill University Library
by Great Britain. Hydrographic Office, issuing body
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1 map ; 61 x 47 cm
Topics: Saint Lawrence, Gulf of -- Navigation -- Maps., Québec (Province) -- Navigation -- Maps.,...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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eye 2,706

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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
by McGill University. Graduates' Society.
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volumes : illustrations ; 28 cm
Topics: McGill University., McGill University Library Digitized Title, The McGill news., The McGill News...
viii, 479, [8] pages, 20 unnumbered leaves of plates (some folded) : illustrations, 1 map ; 29 cm
Topics: Sumatra (Indonesia) -- History., Sumatra (Indonesia) -- Description and travel., Ethnology --...
151 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Topics: Cooking., Cooking, Canadian., Baking., Bread., Pastry., Flour., Five Roses Flour., McGill...
McGill University Library
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471 pages : maps (some folded) ; 23 cm
Topics: Middle East -- History -- 19th century., Nationalism -- Middle East., World War, 1914-1918 --...
McGill University Library
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156 pages illustrations 28 cm
Topics: Commercial art., Show windows., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books/Special...
Rare Books and Special Collections
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20 leaves of plates
Topics: Gould, John, -- 1804-1881., Birds -- Australia -- Pictorial works., McGill University Library...
203 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Topics: Cooking., Desserts., Baked products., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook...
McGill University Library
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4 volumes tables (some folded) 28 cm
Topics: Cuba -- Dictionaries., Cuba -- Gazetteers., Cuba -- Biography -- Dictionaries., McGill University...
31 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm
Topics: Baking., Cooking, Canadian., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection,...